Locals: Cole Picchiottino

Picchiottino balances speed and school

From Suspended Productions:
At just 20, Cole Picchiottino has racing experience well beyond his years. Cole started his racing career with cross-country and motocross. Trying his hand at all disciplines of two-wheeled racing, Cole found his true passion on the DH bike. He quickly honed in his speed on the big bike and earned spots for the American Junior Worlds team during both the years he was eligible. This, and his commanding performances in the national rounds caught the eye of Trek. Noticing Cole's intelligence and speed, they selected him to spearhead their Trek Test Team-a race team that doubles as an outlet for Trek to test new, boundary-pushing technologies between the tape. Although we can’t go into specifics, a closer look at his bike would leave you flabbergasted.


Picchiottino's knowledge is not limited to two wheels. Outside of racing, he’s on track for a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Breaking down courses and riding techniques into a science gives Cole the confidence that every line, pump and pedal he takes is the fastest option. Balancing a loaded school schedule with a packed race schedule is a full-time job, but Picchiottino even finds time to substitute teach on the side.


Living close to Fontana allows Cole to get a jump on the year, and he’s the only racer we know to compete in XC, Enduro, Super D and DH at all Fontana events. On a larger scale, he plans to race the entire Pro GRT series as well as a 3/4 World Cup season. Cole's first World Cup of the year will be Fort William, and then he’ll stay on for the rest of the season.